Thanks for the memo: John Pistole praises TSA, slams citizens

My colleague Chris Elliott asked the other day how much worse the TSA could possibly behave, given that its employees consistently defend the indefensible. Well, here’s one answer, and TSA Administrator John Pistole provides it: Continue reading Thanks for the memo: John Pistole praises TSA, slams citizens

TSA chief John Pistole must go

Politico reports that Representative Paul Broun (R-Ga.) said TSA Director John Pistole has “been totally incompetent in his position” and “needs to be gone” — and he blamed “political correctness” for why the agency is “patting down grandma and children.” Continue reading TSA chief John Pistole must go

Napolitano: TSA agents should play passenger advocate

In her continuing quest to turn George Orwell’s fictional Animal Farm into reality, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano proposed on Capitol Hill this week that the TSA passenger advocates first suggested by Senator Susan Collins of Maine actually be ordinary TSA agents who are “cross-trained” to fulfill both roles.

Yes, my friends, that means that the person sticking his/her hands down your pants one day will supposedly be advocating on your behalf when another TSA agent does it the next. Continue reading Napolitano: TSA agents should play passenger advocate

TSA targets disabled 7-year-old, causes family to miss flight

The hits just keep on coming. Not content to abuse a few children here and there, the TSA continues its winning streak by singling out a 7-year-old girl in leg braces, a girl who’s developmentally disabled, to boot. And not only do they scream at her family and terrify her at the checkpoint, they confront her again the gate, and demand that she return to the checkpoint for further humiliation. Continue reading TSA targets disabled 7-year-old, causes family to miss flight

Yet another child abused by TSA


Yesterday we brought you the story of a 10-year-old boy who was groped by the TSA. Last month we brought you the story of a 3-year-old in a wheelchair. Over time, we’ve brought you stories of TSA agents arrested for child porn, sexual assault, and too many other crimes to keep up with. Today, we bring you the story of a 4-year-old. Continue reading Yet another child abused by TSA

Is it too easy to lose the TSA’s “trust”?

A new Transportation Security Administration initiative that lets trusted travelers bypass the airport screening line is on the verge of an ambitious expansion. By the end of the year, PreCheck, a government program that offers expedited screening to those who submit to an initial background check, is expected to be available in 35 airports.
Continue reading Is it too easy to lose the TSA’s “trust”?